Starting a free WordPress.com website

Did you know it is possible to host a website completely for free using WordPress.com? I will show you the steps you need to follow to start a free site and keep it that way.

Step 1:

Visit WordPress.com and click the pink “Start your website” button.

Screen capture of WordPress.com: "WordPress powers 36% of the internet." "Start your website" button

Step 2:

Either register a new account, or login with an existing account (see the link at the bottom of the page).

Screen capture of WordPress.com: Registration form for a new account.

Step 3:

Choose a name for your website and type it into the address bar. Please note, you won’t be able to get a fancy custom domain name such as Firstnamelastname.com for free, that is a feature you have to pay for. You will end up with a domain name in the format sitename.wordpress.com with the free version.

Screen capture of WordPress.com: form to choose a name for a new WordPress.com website.

Step 4:

Make sure to choose the free option, which should be directly below the pink select button, in this example photoborealis.wordpress.com.

Screen capture of WordPress.com: option to choose paid domain for new WordPress.com website.

Step 5:

In this final step make sure that you don’t pick one of the hosting plans, just click the link inside the white button “Not sure yet? Start with a free site

Screen capture of WordPress.com: Option to choose paid hosting plan for new WordPress.com website.

Now you are ready to get started building your free WordPress website!

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